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Reroutes: In Search of The Qhapaq Ñan

Translated from Quechua, the ‘Royal Road’ once united all Andean communities from Colombia to Chile in an intricate road system of more than 30,000 km that in 2014 became an UNESCO World Heritage site. Constructed by the Incas over several centuries and partly based on pre-Inca infrastructure, this extraordinary network through one of the world’s most extreme geographical terrains linked the snow-capped peaks of the Andes – at an altitude of more than 6,000 m – to the coast, running through hot rainforests, fertile valleys, and absolute deserts.

It reached its maximum expansion in the 15th century when it spread across the length and breadth of the Andes. Leonardo Brasil (@leobrasil.photo) and Adam Pawlikiewicz Mesa (@adamonthego) traversed by bike from La Paz, Bolivia to Cusco, Peru highlighting the rich history and diverse culture of this Andean region documenting through both photo and video. Our full film will be launched later this year showcasing this wild adventure full of mishaps, reroutes due to food shortages, days where water was inaccessible, alpaca killings, a visit to the highest mining settlement in the world, and much more.

Continental Divide Trail Q&A Part One: What Did I Pack For My Toughest Bike Trip Yet?

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Continental Divide Trail Q&A Part One: What Did I Pack For My Toughest Bike Trip Yet?

 Last summer, Kurt Refsnider rode the length of the Continental Divide Trail (the bike-legal sections, that is) over the course of three months and documented the journey in a series of articles here on The Radavist. You can find those here. This article is the first of a two-part Q&A series about Kurt’s gear choices and bike setup. The subsequent second part will be all about food planning and eating on a 3,000-mile singletrack adventure. 

Bikepacking Roots: Rolling Horse Route – Northwestern Colorado Multi-Day Tour

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Bikepacking Roots: Rolling Horse Route – Northwestern Colorado Multi-Day Tour

If you’re looking for a two-week-long tour of epic doubletrack in Northwestern Colorado, then check out the latest Bikepacking Roots CRoP! The Rolling Horse route was designed with particular attention to the region’s rich natural and human history. It roughly circumnavigated the Grand Hogback–a 90-mile-long spine of upturned rock marking the geologic meeting of the Southern Rockies with the Colorado Plateau.

The route seeks to reveal the intimate connections between the many varied landscapes once stewarded by the Nuche (Ute people); specifically, those whose ancestors hunted amongst the high places we now know as the Elks, Raggeds, Flattops and Roan; and gathered along the banks of the Roaring Fork, Crystal, Colorado, and White Rivers.

Check out more at Bikepacking Roots!

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VIDEO: The Slow Lane

Dedicated to slowly exploring the world on two wheels, Pierre Bouchard and Janick Lemieux have covered more than 250,000 KM by bike and spent 14 years in the saddle since 1990…

Bikepacking Roots: Lost Sierra Route

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Bikepacking Roots: Lost Sierra Route

Photo: Jason Fitzgibbon from his Lost Sierra trip years back here on The Radavist

Bikepacking Roots just announced a bike touring route through one of our favorite locales in California: the Lost Sierra. This area is incredibly remote with only a few small towns sprinkled throughout the valleys found between craggy peaks. You’ll encounter steep double track and ripping singletrack, with alpine lakes and plentiful wildflowers.

Check out the full route at Bikepacking Roots.

Bikepacking Roots: Ranchita Rambler – Anza Borrego Bike Touring Route

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Bikepacking Roots: Ranchita Rambler – Anza Borrego Bike Touring Route

The Ranchita Rambler covers the high and low deserts in one go, with epic landscapes, the best mom-and-pop resupply shops you could ask for, and camping in a designated Dark Sky community.

This route is perfect for exposing mountain bikers to touring and bicycle camping but also fun and adventurous enough for the seasoned rider—it’s short at 57 miles long, has breathtaking landscapes, offers resupply and camping options with amenities, and supports rural communities via low-impact tourism.

See more at Bikepacking Roots.

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VIDEO: Wheels to Waves – Lombok Island

On 4 September 2023, a band of eight cyclists embarked on a 600-kilometer journey through Lombok, Indonesia; a haven of clear beaches, spicy cuisine, laid-back living, and the formidable Mt. Rinjani.

Spanning 9 days, the Wheels to Waves tour was a deliberate immersion into the island’s charm, curated meticulously by Haetam since August 2020.

The goal? To savor Lombok’s wonders at a deliberately unhurried pace.